I love sleeveless dresses, but I don't love sewing separate armhole and neckline facings. They are annoying and even with understitching and tacking them at seam lines, they love to try to flip out, and often require more pressing after laundering than you might want to bother with. And then they still want to flop to the outside when you get dressed. Annoying. For awhile, that was the main reason I preferred lining ... Read more »
Sewing a vintage dress with ribbons on the bodice
As it's been getting warmer, I've been a busy bee lately with life stuff, and my sewing time has been less. You have to enjoy the warm weather when you can, and sometimes that means hanging out on my deck rather than holing up in the basement sewing! (Much as I love holing up in the basement sewing!) But I recently finished sewing a vintage dress, and it's the subject of my latest video on YouTube. It's another ... Read more »
When I sewed a vintage capsule wardrobe for Viva Las Vegas
This week is the Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekender, and while we're not attending, I'm reminiscing about the last time we went! Back in 2019, we attended, and I was a vintage sewing machine: I sewed a vintage capsule wardrobe, sewing a total of 10 outfits for the weekend, including two menswear shirts for Mel. I KNOW. Of the items in this more-is-more vintage capsule wardrobe, only one thing that made it to my ... Read more »
How I sewed my vintage birthday dress for 2023
It's my birthday, and as I've done for the last decade, I sewed myself a birthday dress to mark the occasion! I haven't been that great about keeping up with them all on my blog, but several have made it here, including my very first one, the one I made for my 40th birthday in London, and the one I made for Viva Las Vegas. They're almost always made from vintage sewing patterns, and this year's birthday dress was no ... Read more »
Vintage-inspired Royale pullover knitting pattern release
My latest vintage-inspired pattern is live—meet the Royale pullover knitting pattern! You can buy Royale on Ravelry and Payhip, and tune in to YouTube to watch my quick video introduction. Royale is a striking, vintage style pullover with a distinctive large collar and three-quarter length sleeves. It’s seamless and worked top down, making it easy to customize the body or sleeve length. It knits up fast ... Read more »
Sewing a plaid flannel jumper dress with Butterick B5748
If you've spent any time around my blog or social media, you know I love plaid. And I love sewing plaid. And apparently, I love sewing with Robert Kaufman Mammoth plaid. Because I've made a vintage dress with it, and a vintage tie-front topper, and now, in my latest YouTube video, I sewed a vintage jumper dress with it! I used Butterick B5748, which I wouldn't exactly call a tried and true pattern yet, but it's ... Read more »
Sewing knits: vintage style turtleneck sweater
Late last year, I blogged about a 1950s jumper dress that I sewed and I still really love that dress. It's the perfect thing to layer over a turtleneck when it's chilly. And it's only early early spring, so it's definitely still chilly! All it needed was some quick sewing knits projects. Which... I didn't do. But frankly, continuing to wear that dress a lot (and planning a similar one soon) meant I no longer had an ... Read more »
My 3 favorite handmade vintage coats
If it's one thing I love to sew, it's vintage coats and jackets! Since sewing my very first jacket a decade ago, I've made several. I love the process of slowing down with tailoring techniques, and plotting a major project like a coat. And I Iove to wear them! My latest YouTube video is a little "sew and tell" of my favorite three coats that I've made. Spoiler alert: two of them haven't even all made it to this blog! ... Read more »
Why should you be tracing sewing patterns?
Are you tracing your sewing patterns when you sew? I have for years, and it's one of the keys to my sewing progress (and prowess)! If you search my blog for the words trace or tracing, dozens and dozens of results come up. I trace sewing patterns all the time! Both vintage and modern. But why should you be doing it? As I'm kicking things into gear on YouTube (I've been having way more fun than I expected!), I ... Read more »
Wondrella knit along starts today—join the KAL!
If you follow me on Instagram or on my new YouTube channel, or you're on my mailing list (sign up here), you may have heard me hinting at starting a knit along for my latest knitting pattern, Wondrella. Well my friends, today is the day! Over on YouTube, I've officially launched the Wondrella knit along today. This video serves as our intro and first knit along post! If you're reading this after the knit along has ... Read more »
How I pattern hack a vintage & modern pattern together & sew a dress!
If you've followed me a long time anywhere on these here interwebs, you know that I love to hack sewing patterns. Hack patterns together, hack them into different cuts and style, you name it, I'll hack it. I knew one of the first things I wanted to do on my new YouTube channel (did you miss my launch?!) was a video where I walked through how I hacked one of my favorite bodices. It's a bit of a tutorial! Quick ... Read more »
Tasha Could Make That is now on YouTube!
Hello friends! It's with a lot of excitement and just as much (or more!) nervousness, that I'm announcing today that I'm finally on YouTube! I've had a lot of requests over the years to do more video content for vintage sewing and knitting. And though I have done a bunch of Instagram stories, mainly talking through sewing projects, it's not nearly as 'official' as a dedicated channel for things! But particularly ... Read more »